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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Whats Up?

Beauty Queen Marries 72-Year-Old

Its a touching story of true love, or something like that, as 26−year−old Ukrainian beauty queen Aleksandra Nikolaenko got married on 6 January to American billionaire Phil Ruffin, 72. The June− December pair got hitched at the Donald Trump−owned Mar−a−Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida in a black−tie ceremony that, news reports had it, observed both Ukrainian and American wedding traditions. The blushing bride wore a Michael Kors dress. The Kansas native Ruffin, a college drop−out, is rich enough to have made the Forbes list of Ameri− cas wealthiest people in the past. He got his start in convenience stores in 1959 and then branched out into stripmalls, hotels, dog tracks, handtrucks, and casinos, according to Forbes. We assume hes clever enough to have gone into this marriage with his eyes open, and with the help of some good lawyers. Nikolaenko has been Miss Odesa, Miss Southern Ukraine, Miss Ukraine, Miss American Dream, and Miss Tourism International. She has also been a Miss World finalist and competed in the Miss Universe competition.

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Xxx | 14.04.2009 04:40

He is smarter than all you dumb fucks put together

mags | 09.04.2009 00:41

Are you kidding me?????????? She really has to close her eyes tight and pray he doesnt keels over.

enie | 04.03.2009 03:38

Should have said the following comments sound like sour
grapes to me. Hope that expression is not so far out of date no one will understand.

ernie | 04.03.2009 03:34

Sounds like sour grapes to me.

anonymous | 25.12.2008 20:01

Looks like another typical gold digger as usual. She is missing out on some good sex with men around her age. Hope he had a prenuptial agreement. lol

anonymous | 10.04.2008 22:24

just another smart slut, very smart one. Almost like a Middle Eastern one))) Good luck in licking old balls for the rest of his life ;) I\\\'d rather go enjoy travel and beautiful friendships, amazing sex, fashion world, and achievements. U people with me?

trumpito | 24.01.2008 22:52

the noboby in the planet better than this monkey fully load of money if you was miss ukranian i was miss disneynald i hope to have many boon boon ,do you take viagra or something for bulls

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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    Pulling Strings
    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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